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"I Love You" is a Barney song that wraps up almost every Barney episode or video. The song is a symbol of how Barney loves people deeply and how his friends are like family to him. It made its big debut in the Barney & The Backyard Gang video, "The Backyard Show".

Composition

It uses the same tune as "This Old Man". The song's lyrics were penned by Lee Bernstein, and were first published in a book called Piggyback Songs: New Songs Sung to the Tune of Childhood Favorites by Warren Publishing House in 1983, five years before the first Barney video was made. A lawsuit over the song was filed by the publishers in 1993.[1]

Lyrics

I love you, you love me.
We're as happy as can be.
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you,
Won't you say you love me too?

I love you, you love me.
We're a happy family.
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you,
Won't you say you love me too?

I love you, you love me.
We're a happy family.
With a great big hug
And a kiss from me to you,
Won't you say you love me too?

I love you, you love me,
We're best friends,
Like friends should be
With a great big hug,
And a kiss from me to you,
Won't you say you love me too?

Variations

Trivia

  • The only four Barney videos/shows where "I Love You" wasn't sung are: "Rock with Barney" (although it was used as an underscore for when Barney came to life, then at the end), "Imagination Island", "Barney Live! In New York City" (both due to the impending lawsuit), and "Best Fairy Tales" (for unknown reasons). The soundtrack album, "Barney's Favorites Vol. 2", also did not have the song, once again due to the lawsuit.
  • Although the song is normally the closing song, it was originally sung near the beginning of the first five Backyard Gang videos.
  • An extended version of "I Love You", sung by Sheena Easton, Take 6, Jeffrey Osborne, Gina (English and Spanish), and the First AME Choir of Los Angeles, was included on the Barney's Great Adventure soundtrack, though not in the film itself.
  • In Barney's Great Adventure, My Family and Me and Barney Live! World Tour - A Celebration!, the song was sung to three verses with the third verse being a reprise of the first.
  • The lyrics as featured in Piggyback Songs differ slightly from that in any Barney material, being only one verse that is similar to the first verse of the Backyard Gang version, except the third and fourth lines are, "Here's a great big kiss and a hug from me to you." (lyrics swapped)[2]
  • During some episodes of Seasons 1-3 (until Camera Safari), Barney and the kids (in addition of Baby Bop and BJ) sing the entire song together, and other times Barney sings the first verse by himself, and then the kids join him afterwards. There were also times where Barney doesn't sing the first or second verse of the song (Notably in Barney's Magical Musical Adventure where Barney sings the first verse while the kids sing the second verse). But starting with the Season 3 home video, "Barney's 1-2-3-4 Seasons", Barney sings the first verse by himself and then the kids join in afterwards, and it stays that way from that point on.
  • In some episodes from Season 9, Barney would usually sing the song by himself on a notable occasion after the kids leave. In addition, flashbacks of kids hugging their friends and family are shown during the second verse. In the 12th season, flashbacks from each episode are shown. After the song, it immediately cuts to either the end credits or the closing segment.
  • This song was included as a special feature in the video, "The Best of Barney", titled "I Love You Around the World" alongside the "Barney's Favorite Memories" featurette and showcases clips of the song being sung in the television series in the opening and closing as well as scenes being shown internationally in different countries. A few clips from the Hebrew and Korean adaptions of the TV series (Hashirim Shel Barney and Baniwa Chingudeul) are also included. However, the title card simply refers to it as "A Very Special I Love You".
  • Waiting for Santa and Barney Goes To School are the only two times the song is sung for one verse. Campfire Sing-Along is sung for the first verse, then Spanish for the second verse.
  • There have been a numerous amount of times in which Barney doesn't turn back into a doll at the end of some episodes including a few home video releases (such as the live stage shows for example) after the song is sung. Most notably, in the episode "Happy Birthday, Barney!", after Barney and the kids sing the song, the children, including Baby Bop, celebrate Barney's birthday and the episode ends from there.
  • There are even a few rare occurrences in which the song is sung as a duet. For example, in the episode "Hop To It!", Barney and Tina sing the song by themselves after the other kids leave.
  • In My Party with Barney, Barney's Dino Dancin' Tunes, Let's Go to the Zoo and Barney's Pajama Party, Barney, Baby Bop and BJ sing the song together during the second verse. They even sing the song with Riff in Let's Go to the Fire House.
  • When Season 10 and 11 were first broadcast, a similar song titled "A Friend Like You" would usually be placed at the end of the first episode segment, then this song for the second episode segment. The format for those episodes were altered to 12-minutes each so that it could easily appeal to international audiences.
  • All episodes from Season 7 through Season 14 use the current remastered version of the song minus the exception of two episodes from Season 11. "The Sleepless Sleepover" uses the version used in Let's Make Music, omitting the violin instrumental portion and "A Visit to Santa" uses the Christmas-arrangement version that was previously used in Barney's Christmas Star.

Gallery

References

  1. Zorn, Eric (January 05, 1993). "Even Barney Has To Face The Music". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  2. Court of Appeals of Indiana. Bernstein v. Glavin. 15 March 2000. FindLaw.com, FindLaw https://caselaw.findlaw.com/in-court-of-appeals/1470509.html
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